Seb Larsson has been performing very well indeed for Birmingham City this year, even though it looks like he could leave the club in the summer, when his contract runs out.
Seb Larsson – first rate professional
Larsson was again in top form yesterday, and scored a beautiful equalizing goal to give 10 man Birmingham a valuable 1-1 draw at home to struggling Wolves. Larsson had also hit the crossbar earlier from a terrific free kick.
After Craig Gardner had been given a second yellow card, for diving, and sent off, Birmingham were up against it, and it was also a wonderful opportunity for Wolves to get all 3 points, but they couldn’t take it.
The TV replays showed Gardner had dived and nobody had touched him, and the referee was absolutely right to send Gardner off, and he has subsequently admitted he dived and apologized to Birmingham manager Alex McLeish. Good on him for being truthful.
There’s far too much diving coming back into the game, and the referees need to try to stamp it out.
The semi-final of the European Champions League last week between Real Madrid and Barcelona was little short of a disgrace, as players kept dropping like nine-pins, holding their faces as if they’d been hit.
TV replays continually showed they hadn’t been hit anywhere near the face, and were simply acting. We suppose they were trying to get the opposition players sent off – as we said it was an absolute disgrace.
That game, which Real lost at home 2-0, through two Lionel Messi goals (who else?), was a disgrace to football and for Spanish football in particular.
And we hear Hollywood executives have been alerted to some of the great acting seen at the Madrid game last week, and will be out in force in this week’s second leg.
Larsson’s terrific professionalism at Birmingham is also a good contrast to egotistical David Bentley who walked out of the Birmingham dressing room yesterday and never returned, after he found out he wasn’t even on the bench.
How’s that for an impersonation of a baby?
Alan Pardew had said in January that Bentley wanted something in his loan contract, if he came to Newcastle, that he play in every game, and Alan told him where to go – and quite rightly too.
We are afraid that this lad has dropped precipitously in form, since he was an England International, and this kind of childish behavior will not help him at all.
But if Newcastle can sign Seb Larsson in the summer as a free agent, it looks like Newcastle will be getting a super professional.
Compliments to Seb for being such a mature player at Birmingham, we need more of them in football.
But come to think of it, Seb could be a danger man against Newcastle this coming Saturday – now I’m worried again.